The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is pleased to announce key delegates participating in the 11th IISS , to be held 30 October -1 November 2015 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Proceedings will commence with a televised plenary, hosted by Sky News Arabia. Entitled ‘Extremism, Stability and Development: The Future of the Middle East,’ it will feature Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani, Secretary General, Cooperation Council of the Arab States of the Gulf; Riyadh Yaseen, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yemen; Dr Taïeb Baccouche, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tunisia; and Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme. Fadila Souissi of Sky News Arabia will moderate the discussion.

The opening dinner, hosted by HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will take place subsequently.

The senior officials participating in the conference throughout the weekend include, among others: Sh Khaled bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bahrain; Ibrahim Al Jaafari, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iraq; Khaled Al Obeidi, Minister of Defence, Iraq; Dr Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General, League of Arab States; Antony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, US; Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK; Dr Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence, Germany; Nohad Machnouk, Minister of the Interior and Municipalities, Lebanon; Salameh Hammad, Minister of the Interior, Jordan; Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan; Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Special Adviser to the Secretary General for Yemen, UN; Sh Thamer Al Sabah, President, National Security Bureau, Kuwait; General Lloyd James Austin III, Commander, US Central Command; and Dr Abdullatif Al Zayani, Secretary General, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.

The IISS Manama Dialogue is an inter-governmental summit held to foster regional security diplomacy in the Gulf. It provides a space for national security leaders and analysts from the Gulf, the wider Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia to debate and consult bilaterally and multilaterally on key security and foreign policy challenges. Now in its eleventh year, the IISS Manama Dialogue has become a key pillar in the evolving Gulf security architecture.